Summer is fun--but this isn't.

According to CBS2, an elderly resident of Central Iowa has been reported as the first death from West Nile--a virus commonly spread by mosquito bites--in the state this year.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has not released details on the person, other than to say they are 81 years or older. A second victim, who did not die, was reported as being between the age of 61 and 80.

Several precautions should be taken to avoid West Nile, including:

  • Use insect repellent with DEET
  • Avoid activities outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most prevalent
  • Wear long sleeves and pants (not shorts-kind of uncomfortable in the summer heat, but a precaution that could save your life, nonetheless)
  • Always wear shoes and socks outdoors
  • Eliminate standing water anywhere in the home

Twelve Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile Virus in 2017, including two deaths.

[Via CBS2]



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